An interview with Mr. Abubakar Ahmed Ali Memon of Diplo Tharparkar by Rana Abdul Baqi Editor South Asian Pulse Online

image Mr. Abubakar Ahmed Ali Memon, a prominent overseas Pakistani permanent resident of Diplo Tharparkar is based at Jeddah KSA since last 42 years. He is presently running a prominent firm M/s Mystar Global Computer Co. Ltd with its Head office at Jeddah KSA, and can be reached via email: safirelofigmail.com. Mr. Abubakar Memon is a well known elite person in the business community of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He keeps the interest of KSA supreme. However, he has not forgotten his native place Tharparkar, where life is very difficult, being a drought hit desert area of Pakistan. While keeping in mind the difficult nature of his native land, he has been encouraging his friends to take part in the welfare of the people of Tharpakar, currently facing worst drought situation. You can find interesting details in his interview. Rana Abdul Baqi

Interview Questions & Answers

Q. No. 1: Sir, being a native of Tharparkar, an important border area of Pakistan in Sind province. Do you think Thari and Sindhi cultures are basically one or what differentiate them from each other?

Answer: As to culture normally worldwide there will be some difference every few hundred kilometres and our Thari culture is same as adjoining areas like Badin Thatta and Mirpurkhas which is also a little different than others in spoken dialect otherwise do not feet much difference

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Q. No. 2: Thari people mostly Muslims, upper cast-hindus & lower-cast Hindus live together peacefully. What is the binding force behind this?

Answer: This part of world is very peaceful when there were wars between different rulers in Sindh & British Raj a lot of people migrated to this area for peace although living conditions were very harsh and the started living in peace since that time and always used to join each other in their religious or social events like a family, there was only a small problem between upper & lower cast of Hindus socially existed but with education but it has disappeared & in that we Muslims never believed as per QURAN & HADITH.

Allah declares this unequivocally in the Qur’ân where He says: “O humanity! We created you from a single pair of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes that you may know one other. Verily the most honored of you in the sight of Allah are the most righteous from among you.” [Sűrah al-Hujurât: 13]

And it was this very principle that the Prophet (peace be upon him) made sure to declare to the people in his Last Sermon to the assembled pilgrims at Mount Arafat or Mount Arafah (Arabic: جبل عرفات‎ transliterated Jabal ‘Arafāt) and is also known as the Mount of Mercy (Jabal ar-Rahmah): “O people! Your Lord is one Lord, and you all share the same father. There is no preference for Arabs over non-Arabs, nor for non-Arabs over Arabs. Neither is their preference for white people over black people, nor for black people over white people. Preference is only through righteousness.”

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Q. No. 3: You have been donating for the cause of humanity in Tharparkar, which projects you wish to prefer in future?

Answer: I am mainly concentrating on education by building schools & providing the drinking water by digging the Pukka wells in Thari villages where women folk has to fetch the water from 4 to 5 kilo meters

Q. No. 4: Tharparkar being an arid zone frequently hit by droughts, do you think; there is a dire need to encourage cottage industry on governmental level to ameliorate poverty?

Answer: Cottage industry is a some how a partial solution but the main thing is to provide water from canals of indus river as there is abundant virgin land which can be irrigated without fertilizer and will provide enough food for the people of Thar and also industrial material Guar which is used in medicines and exported at very high prices.

Q. No. 5: What type of projects you have already carried out as we understand that you have started this philanthropist work very recently

Answer: Actually quite a few years back every other year, we have been doing an eye camp at Chelhar Taluka Mithi being the birthplace of my grandparents and father and a total of 3 camps done in which more than 120 operations and about 500 patient checkups each time and providing them with eye glasses to correct their vision. No outside donations were obtained. The work being done now is with the help of only a few close friends of mine or my wife without asking for outside donations. Following projects are currently underway:

- Completion of one big class room with desks etc at Fakir Faiz Mohammed primary schools diplopment Work is going to start next week.

- A class room with furniture at Motatio colony primary School Diplo, with donation from Mr. Nazeer Ahmed Memon

- Work in progress of Blood bank & Laboratory at government Taluka hospital Dilpo

- 100 seat capacity Haji Ahmed Ali Chelhario auditorium with all modern facilities at Government Degreee college Diplo work in progress with financial assistance from my sons Aasef Abubakar Memon & professor Dr. Kashif Abubakar Memon

- Completion of a pukka well 100 feet deep at village Jam Katho Taluka mithi this was half completed and abandoned by the villages due to shortage of money

- Inspection is going on for digging 4 pukka wells (each one cost Rs. 200000) by my personal team no NGO involved, it consists of Assistant Commissioner Diplo Mr. Peeral Chandio, Engr Riaz Ahmed Memon District education works engineer Mithi & Mr. Abdurehman Otho principal Hilal public school Diplo

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Q. No. 6: Will you ask or accept funds from others for continuity of this work?

Answer: We are not asking anyone but if people familiar with our work would like to dig a well or build a class rooms in the name of their parents, we would readily do that on their behalf

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Q. No. 7: Sir, you have been writing good columns as well, how you feel when your articles are published in print media and on internet and what are your views about the future of online net papers like South Asian Pulse?

Answer: When I was in high school I used to write little articles through our student writers club in children page of news papers & magazines in Sindhi and after going college & doing job simultaneously there was no time in the Metropolitan Karachi or after shifting to Saudi Arabia but since last few years with the ease of Internet and fast communication & demand of the time, I started writing on business, social & such other matters. Surely I feel happy when these articles are published but what really makes me happy is when others get benefit & knowledge from those. My time is divided among Saudi Arabia, America, Belgium & Pakistan and I do not have enough time to work on such project

Q. No. 8: What inspired you to write columns having socio-religious background of Tharparkar?
Answer: Already included above

Q. No. 9: To maintain level of good work in the field of software, how you intend to make improvements in future?

Answer: It is not my line neither in business nor as individual but my inner Curiosity i try to learn through net & more my elder son Aasef Abubakar is consultant in SAP and I get some help from him

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Q.No. 10: How you feel about your business enterprise in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, being a Pakistani? Do you feel secure investing in business project in KSA?

Answer: As I have a different approach live & let live, I have very cordial relations with my partners since 40 years Allahamdulliah and I do not have any concern in that regard.

Q.No. 11: What do you think about the status of women in Tharparkar, mainly a male-gender dominant society?

Answer: Time is changing and woman are coming up in every aspect of life. I meet some Thari families here in America and their woman are almost at par as their male counterparts, and some of them have achieved even more than men.

Q.No. 12: Many low-cast Hindu women work in the crop fields in adjoining rural areas of Mirpur Khas, Sanghar, Nawabshah and Hyderabad districts, do you think these families are properly honored and compensated by their landlords?

Answer: Mostly they are paid as per the prevailing rates and system but some nationalist parties exploit workers and landlords.

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Q.No. 13: Sir, many cases were reported in the local Sindhi and Thari press about kidnapping of Thari women working in the fields while the local administration under influence of landlords not working judiciously to curb this atrocity.?

Answer: I don't think that this problem exists at any higher rate here than anywhere else in Pakistan, but being minority it's again exploited by different segments.

Q.No. 14: How you visualize the role of women in future politics of Tharparkar, where mostly the women population are working in fields?

Answer: Do not see any big change, only few women member at local union councils etc.

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Q.No. 15: What message you wish to convey to younger generation as well as the older generation of Tharparkar.

Answer: Get education, work hard and after completion of education try as much as it is possible to work in your area to defeat shortage of educators and diminishing medical facilities due to unwillingness of doctors and other paramedic staff to work in that area. My main message to all Thari people & others as well in Pakistan is; “do not rely on begging but provide with facilities which are in short supply, like water, education & health, today all of us are giving up the hope for Pakistan but we should not think in that way, when our mother at home gets sick we do more for her and with our efforts she gets well. Pakistan is our mother and we should not be hopeless but treat her as our mother and serve her as our mother with full zeal & honesty & Inshaallah in days it will be a strong country. Like JFK once said, “ Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country!”

Q.No. 16: Sir, you do business in socio-religious atmosphere of KSA. Did you experience any difficulty in adjusting your way of life with that of the KSA?

Answer: I have been there for 42 years now and knowing Arabic, having friendship and social ties with Saudi people, I feel at home there, and in some ways, life is easier there.


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Posted on May 20, 16 | 5:44 am